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Two Turkish military attaches flee, minister says

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Turkey's foreign minister says two Turkish military attaches who were based in Greece have fled the country following Turkey's failed military coup attempt.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television on Thursday that Greek authorities had established that the navy and land forces colonels had left Greece for Italy aboard a ferry on Aug. 6 together with their families. He said one of the colonels had a brother in the Netherlands and that both Italy and the Netherlands had been notified.

Asked about reports that a Turkish military official based in the United States was seeking asylum there, Cavusoglu said Turkey had asked for information from Washington but had not yet received a response.

He repeated, however, a Turkish demand that the United States extradite U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt that killed at least 270 people.

[AP]

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